Sunday, 8 January 2012

Iran

This is the flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran. flagge-iranThe description of the Iranian Flag is as follows:

Three equal horizontal bands of green (top), white, and red.

The national emblem (a stylized representation of the word Allah in the shape of a tulip, a symbol of martyrdom) in red is centred in the white band.

ALLAH AKBAR (God is Great) in white Arabic script is repeated 11 times along the bottom edge of the green band and 11 times along the top edge of the red band.

According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colours. The colours on the Iran flag represent the following:

White - peace and honesty.

Red - hardiness, bravery, strength & valour

Green - hope, joy and love and in many cultures have a sacred significance as that of Iran

This is all very idyllic if there is truth in this, but following the Arab Spring the Irainan government are scared of the ability of the new technologies that can bring down the rulers of state and bring about democratic intervention.

Iran is working on its own domestic Internet, a “Halal” network that will restrict citizens from penetrating foreign sites. Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted  is the opposite of Harram which means forbidden or bad. Internet users are reporting delays in their network connections, which is believed to be connected to the new network’s trial run.

The domestic Internet aims to restrict the influence of non-Islamic culture and western ideology. More importantly it allows the government to tell its own version of truth to the people of Iran. The network — technically an Intranet — should be ready to go live within a few weeks, Iranian media reported. What this will do is allow the Iranian Government to control what access Iranians have to the truthful information and of course to all porn sites. The government will decide what is the truth and what truth their  citizens know. Of course if there should be an ‘Iranian spring’ the government can shut down the system leaving protesters isolated from their contemporaries. A new slant on the old adage ‘divide and conquer’ maybe.

The connection is being reported as slower than usual and access to political sites is restricted and access to sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, in fact all sites all sites that had a great influence on the Arab Spring

The country announced its plans (link in Farsi) to build the Intranet in March 2011, motivated by social media fueled protests during its 2009 election and inspired by China’s domestic controls. So ‘Iranian Islam’ in this instance is planning to slow down the technical revolution and block the access to the future so keeping Moslems back in the dark ages. Iran plans to offer Intranet access to nearby countries interested in taking advantage of the Halal network. Hilal in this instance has come to mean  ‘controlled’.

“We can describe it as a genuinely ‘halal’ network aimed at Muslims on an ethical and moral level,” the Iranian Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs Ali Agha Mohammadi writes.

Yes Ali you can describe it as a genuinely ‘halal’ network aimed at Muslims on an ethical and moral level, but that is not the truth. Islam will only survive if the  truth is restricted.

While the Intranet will initially run parallel to the global Internet, the plan is to eventually restrict access to the Web to only governmental ministries, banks and big industries. Currently, According to government estimates 23 million Iranians are Internet users. That means 23 million people who are  connected to each other. That’s about a  third of all the people in a country of 78 million. Wars can be won by the side with the best communications.

In addition to testing the Intranet, the Islamic country launched a new round of web restrictions, which require Internet cafes to install security cameras and document their user’s personal details, such as their ID numbers, addresses and fathers’ names. Cafes have 15 days to get their camera systems in place.

The new restrictions come two months before the upcoming parliamentary elections Mar. 2, and amidst talk of international sanctions. The government hopes the latest restrictions will limit election-related protests of the kind that organized on social networks in Egypt last year.

All online planning of protests — through social media or email — will be considered NATIONAL SECURITY crimes. (This is different to the situation we had here in the UK during the late summer where the internet and social networks were used to commit crimes of looting theft and arson). Well no surprises there then.

This is about Islam and morality, not Islam and morality as laid down in the Qur’aan, but as laid down by radical Islamists who as it happens are the government. Its about keeping the masses under the control of the government, and the mullahs who control the government. The object of the exercise is that no one has protection, they can trace whoever is involved in what they perceive as anti-government activity at any given moment and at any location,” Ehsan Norouzi, an Iranian cybersecurity expert living in Germany told the WSJ.

Sources WSJ & Mashable.com

1 comment:

Tom and Jan said...

I suspect it has far more to do with the control of power & wealth rather than Islam.
Most political revolutions result in one despotic regime being replaced by another.